Today President Carolyn J. Stefanco addressed students at Reach Out Saint Rose, a tradition marking its 22nd year at the College. She tied the values demonstrated through Reach Out – the desire to help our dear neighbors – with the recent announcement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The following is an excerpt from her remarks:
When we talk about diversity and global connectedness at The College of Saint Rose, these words also reflect the core values of our founders. We are an institution that seeks – not just to include all, but to welcome all, no matter who you are or where you were born. We celebrate and respect our differences.
The announcement this past week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, would be rescinded in six months unless Congress takes action, provides an opportunity for us to reaffirm our commitment to all those who seek an education on our campus.
Saint Rose students who are covered by DACA – known as Dreamers – are members of our community. We do not know for certain how many of our students are protected by DACA. They do not “check a box” upon admission. We do know there are Dreamers who were raised and educated in the United States among us. The College of Saint Rose stands beside them and supports their desire to reach and exceed their expectations through higher education.
The College will continue to protect the privacy of student information and records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We have no desire to become immigration officers. Saint Rose is here, as it has always been, to educate, serve, and offer opportunities to all of our students.